Hey guys, sorry about not posting in a day or two. I’ve been really busy with school. Here’s what happened since my last post though.
I reinstalled Kubuntu since my last post. I used the “expert mode” during the install. I love Kubuntu but that was the worst “Expert mode” I have ever seen. You get all of three choices that aren’t really offered in the regular install mode. So if you think using the Kubuntu Expert Install mode… don’t do it. The regular install mode in Slackware offers twice as many options. The Gentoo install of course offers so many options upon install that it could possibly make a non-guru (or at least guru-wanabes) sick to their stomach.
After using the expert install mode in Kubuntu I did something wrong. What? I have no clue. I didn’t select any options to screw it up, but something happened. Perhaps the expert install does things for you that I was not aware of, either way the install didn’t work. For one thing I could not get root privileges period. I couldn’t “su -”, I couldn’t use “sudo”, I couldn’t log in as root graphically, I don’t what I was supposed to do but I didn’t know what it was. So needless to say, but the title of this post, I dumped Kubuntu. Still a great distro for beginners, but please use the regular install method.
Of course, I then went back to Gentoo. I’ve been accused of being addicted to my Gentoo, but I don’t know about that. Every time I install Gentoo I learn something new, and find something I didn’t do the first time that I should of done. So this time I did a lot of steps I missed the first two or three time I’ve done this. For example I didn’t “emerge metadata” the first two or three times. Which I don’t think made a big difference, but I’m sure its better that you do it like instructed by the handbook. So this time everything went smoothly up until the emerge of gnome. I keep getting a compile error every time I do it and I don’t know why. I saw a post on the Gentoo Forums were some guys had the problem and they re-emerged a library package, but that didn’t help me any. So tired of fooling with Gnome I emerged KDE. KDE unpacked and compiled and then installed without any visible hitches. I still can’t figure out what is wrong with my nVidia drivers. They still don’t work. It tells me the module failed to load and then it gives me a no screen error because there are no usable configurations in my xorg.conf file. Which is understandable, the second error I mean, because if all your configurations use the nVidia driver and the nVidia driver doesn’t work then of course none of your configurations are going to work. So for now I’m using the “vesa” driver till I figure this one out. In the mean time I’ve encountered another error I’ve never seen before. For some reason emerge keeps dropping out with a fatal error because it claims there’s not enough space left on device. I think this just means the cache is full and it doesn’t have any more room. The problem is I don’t know how to clear the cache. So I’m off to the forums to investigate.
As usual, even if I don’t, Enjoy the Penguins!